"Tiles" is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by US, Detroit, Michigan, based progressive rock act Tiles. The album was released through Standing Pavement Recordings/Dream Circle in May 1994.
The music on the album is very influenced by mid nineties Rush. It´s not only due to the way the instrumental part of the music sounds but also because lead vocalist Paul Rarick has a voice that is very similar in style to the voice of Geddy Lee (Rush). The music also features a lot of hard rock elements, which can be heard in a track like "Token Pledge". The musicianship on the album is generally on a very high level and that is one of the biggest assets of the album. The quality of the material is a bit up and down and there´s little here that really makes my blood boil. It´s still an enjoyable and consistent album though.
"Tiles" is a decent debut by the band, but it´s fairly standard when talking of the quality of the sound production and the material and I´d say a 3 star (60%) rating isn´t all wrong.